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ROBIN WILLIAMS (Jakob), also serving as the film's executive producer, was most recently seen in the Universal Pictures presentation "Patch Adams," which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, and "What Dreams May Come." Williams is one of the most gifted and abundantly talented actors of our time. He is the recipient of the 1997 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for bringing compassion and intelligence to the part of Dr. Sean McGuire in "Good Will Hunting," a role for which he also received the Screen Actors Guild's Actor Award.

Williams first captured the attention of television viewers in now-legendary comedy series "Mork & Mindy." In 1980, Williams made the leap to feature films, debuting in Robert Altman's "Popeye." Audiences then embraced a more poignant Williams in his portrayal of T.S. Garp in George Roy Hill's "The World According To Garp" followed by Paul Mazursky's "Moscow on the Hudson." Barry Levinson's landmark film "Good Morning Vietnam" earned Williams his first Academy Award nomination, with Peter Weir's "Dead Poets Society" earning him a second nomination. Williams next starred opposite Robert DeNiro in Penny Marshall's "Awakenings" (bringing him a special honor from the National Board of Review) followed by Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King," for which Williams received his third Academy Award nomination. He additionally starred in Mike Nichols' "The Birdcage," which earned the ensemble cast of the film an Actor Award from the Screen Actors Guild.

Williams received a Golden Globe Award for his unforgettable performance in "Mrs. Doubtfire" and also earned a Special Achievement Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his vocal contributions as Genie in Walt Disney Pictures' now-classic animated blockbuster feature "Aladdin." He reprised his role of Genie in Disney's home video "Aladdin and the King of Thieves."

Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams attended high school in Marin County, California. He entered the College of Marin to study theater, and his innate comedic and dramatic skills led to his acceptance at the Julliard School in New York. There, he spent three years under the tutelage of acclaimed actor John Houseman and other noted professionals. In 1988, he performed onstage when he co-starred with Steve Martin in Mike Nichols' off-Broadway production of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot."

Williams, who began his career as a stand-up comedian, has won four Grammy Awards, including one for "Robin Williams Live at the Met" on HBO, the culmination of a 23-city SRO tour. He also won Emmys for the television specials "Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin," and "ABC Presents A Royal Gala."

He is also active in several humanitarian organizations and has been a primary force in "Comic Relief," an annual benefit to aid the homeless that has raised over $40 million to date.


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